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Can the UN ban criticism of Islam?
June 2009
Cults and other religions

Can the UN ban criticism of Islam?

Can the UN ban criticism of Islam? The British Government hasn't had much time for it. The Bush White House gave up on it in disgust. President Obama's administration has recently resumed America's observer status, but is not a member. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is controversial across the West, not least because it…

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The New Atheism
March 2009
Cults and other religions

The New Atheism

The New Atheism There is much buzz lately about the so-called 'New Atheism'. It's an odd term given that there are not all that many ways you can spin atheism. Old atheism denied the existence of God and new atheism does the same, so what is the difference? There is a sense in which even old…

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Islam’s new enemy
February 2009
Cults and other religions

Islam’s new enemy

Islam's new enemy Unknown to most English speakers, Islam is currently under attack (at least that's how many Muslims depict it) from Christian Arabic missionary satellite stations. Spearheading this phenomenon is Al-Hayat (Life TV). This station is dedicated to discussing religious issues - specifically, the shortcomings and problems that beset Islam but are absent from Christianity.     …

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Christians & Muslims together
October 2008
Cults and other religions

Christians & Muslims together

Christians & Muslims together  Reflections by Barnabas Fund on the Final Declaration of the Yale Common Word Conference, July 2008.  The 'Common Word' process is an interfaith dialogue initiated in October 2007 by a letter from 138 Islamic scholars to the Pope (see ET, February 2008, p.1). As a continuation of this process, and following…

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The presumption of primacy
August 2008
Cults and other religions

The presumption of primacy

The presumption of primacy In a document released on 10 July 2007 (as reported on p.3 of ET's September 2007 issue) the Roman Pontiff declared that Christian churches outside the Church of Rome 'are not Churches in a proper sense'. Of course, Joseph Ratzinger had made this claim before as a cardinal, but it was…

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Fresh fire or false flames?
August 2008
Cults and other religions

Fresh fire or false flames?

Fresh fire or false flames?   Are you ready for the third wave - again? You might recall that in the 1980s, C. Peter Wagner termed John Wimber's Vineyard ministry the 'third wave' of the Charismatic Movement. Is it happening all over again?   Wagner claimed at the time that the first wave of…

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Exaggerated figures could cost lives
August 2008
Cults and other religions

Exaggerated figures could cost lives

Exaggerated figures could cost lives  Converts from Islam to Christianity are increasingly concerned about a number of reports in recent months which have cited astounding statistics on conversion. It is true - and a matter for thankfulness to God - that more Muslims are now coming to Christ than at any other time in…

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Through Western eyes (2)
July 2008
Cults and other religions

Through Western eyes (2)

Through Western eyes (2) Robert Letham draws a vivid and striking picture of a church that is a complete stranger both to the Western world and to Protestants who live in the East. The Eastern Orthodox church is presented to readers through the centuries, revealing many cultural differences and political misunderstandings. Robert Letham's book impels…

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